In the following sentence:

The issue is the fact that it is red.

What type of grammatical form is "that it is red"?

I think that it is some kind of noun clause that functions as an objective complement for "fact". Is there a term for this kind of clause? How might one diagram this kind of clause?

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    It's a relative clause modifying the noun "fact". – BillJ Mar 31 '18 at 7:19
  • “The issue” cannot be “the fact that it is red”. “The issue” might very well be whether “it is red” but that isn’t at all the same thing, is lt? – Robbie Goodwin Apr 13 '18 at 19:26

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